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US outfit Goodwin Procter launches London training contract schemes

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News follows firm’s involvement in KWM trainee rescue mission

Goodwin Procter is to start offering training contract positions on an annual basis within its London office.

The firm, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, first gained a foothold in the United Kingdom back in 2008. Following the collapse of fellow US outfit Heller Ehrman, Goodwin snapped up a number of the defunct outfit’s London lawyers, kick-starting its presence within the City.

Now, some nine years on, Goodwin is set to launch its first round of UK training contracts. The firm — which has around 70 London lawyers — will take on three trainees this September.

Commenting on the offering, Goodwin’s London co-chair, Samantha Lake Coghlan, told Legal Week (£):

We’re at a different size now — both in headcount and breadth of practice. We can give people the right experience and it made us realise now is the right time to be looking at expanding our trainee offering.

The training contract offer follows Goodwin’s decision to rescue five of King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) stranded trainees. The firm’s European and Middle Eastern arm collapsed back in January leaving around 60 KWM trainees in limbo. At the time, Legal Cheek revealed a secret plan that would eventually see a host of firms, including Goodwin, step in to help out.

Goodwin is yet to disclose how much its new London recruits will be paid. However, Legal Cheek’s Most List shows that US outfits pay their Londoners top whack. The likes of Kirkland & Ellis, Cleary Gottlieb, Sullivan & Cromwell and Davis Polk pay first year trainees around £48,000, rising to roughly £50,000 in year two. It’s also worth noting that Goodwin’s year one US associates — that’s newly-qualified (NQ) lawyers this side of the pond — trouser a whopping $180,000 (£142,000).

So whatever the pay cheque, expect it to be big.

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21 Comments

halfway crook

rip prodigy.

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Anonymous

£142k?! Whaat. How do I move to one of these firms?

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Top 30 trainee

Seconded.

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Anonymous

That’s what Goodwin pays in the US (i.e. $180,000), NOT in London. Typical LC puffing up a story for potential sponsorship dolla down the line.

The firm didn’t indicate what the NQ rate will be, but it can be assumed it will be in the £100-115k bracket, in line with comparable firms (such as fellow Bostonian native Ropes & Grey).

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Anonymous

Only £100k? Tough times being in the top 1% at 23 years old.

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Anonymous

I didn’t say anything about it being ‘only’ £100k. Just stating the facts mate, unlike LC.

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Anonymous

Youngest you can be as an NQ is 24 as far as I know

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Anonymous

For all the difference it makes

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Anonymous

That’s how much they get in America. It’s likely to be less here.

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Kirklands Trainee

You don’t, sorry.

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Anonymous

Would you really want to work with those jokers from KWM!

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Anonymous

So has Greenberg traurig

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Anonymous

So has GT what?

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Anonymous

London TC.

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Anonymous

They had it years ago mate. Do keep up.

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Cockney Geezer .

So fuck?

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Anonymous

“The likes of Kirkland & Ellis, Cleary Gottlieb, Sullivan & Cromwell and Davis Polk pay first year trainees around £48,000, rising to roughly £50,000 in year two.”
Both Sullcrom and Davis Polk pay 50k for first year trainees and 55k for second years. This is even indicated on the very same “firms most list” to which the you are directing the reader. Christ, do you even know what’s on your own website?

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Anonymous

Lol this is on the money. But I guess you can’t ask much from a failed barrister like Tommy.

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Anonymous

Can’t wait until the MC firms increase pay to match the U.S. firms on the 35th of Never

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1PQE

No need for them buddy, they’ll still have plenty of minions rapping on their doors.

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